Xbox One will launch around the world later this year. So says Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. Mattrick is one of many who took to the Xbox Reveal stage today to showcase the new Xbox One system. Mattrick welcomed everyone to the highly anticipated reveal, stating, "I've spent my entire career in interactive entertainment, and I've never been more excited than I am today."
With an array of laser lights and upbeat music, Microsoft finally revealed to the world the Xbox One, an all-in-one system capable of advanced gaming, media streaming and much more.
"At its very core, it must be simple, instant, and complete," says Mattrick.
The Xbox One is designed to be the only entertainment device you need in your living room. Like a computer, it can run multiple programs at the same time. This "asynchronous capability" allows you to browse the Web while watching a movie or playing a game. The system even lets you watch live television and use Skype.
When users log in, the system remembers what they were doing on previous logins, saves favorite applications, and shows friends' activity. Storage is in the cloud, which is capable of saving movies, games, music and more. You can even save game footage to the system's DVR and upload it to the cloud for the world to see.
The system itself is rectangular, with a sleek, black finish. The console shows its personality with the Xbox logo embellished along the top and a sphere logo to the side of the slot-loading drive. Microsoft also revealed quick glimpses of the next-generation Kinect Xbox One controller.
The reveal went on to tease several exciting launches. EA Sports announced its new gaming engine, EA Sports Ignite. Specifically designed for next-generation sports titles, Ignite will "blur the line between the real and the virtual," according to Andrew Wilson, head of EA Sports. EA promises four titles for the Xbox One in the next 12 months. Other games include FORZA Motorsport 5 (available at launch) and Quantum Break. Eight of the 15 exclusive Xbox One first-year releases, not yet named, will be new franchises for the system.
The Xbox One reveal didn't provide an actual date for the system's arrival on store shelves, but it did quell a lot of rumors by giving us our first comprehensive look at the new all-in-one Xbox. Stay tuned to STACK Gamer for more news on the system as it becomes available.
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